Yukti is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Buildsys, a construction productivity application that reduces paperwork and makes field-to-office communication faster, trackable, and mobile. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Ohio State University. She has over seven years of experience in industrial, service, and digital design, as well as user research and business strategy. She is passionate about storytelling, design strategy, visual thinking and creating experiences that make technology human and emotion centred.
The construction industry has been held back from achieving its full potential by processes that are outdated, inefficient and time-consuming. Scattered information sources make locating critical data difficult, and poor coordination between disciplines leads to errors in construction. Slow, paper-driven processes consume valuable time, and the different tools used are often incompatible with each other. Digital platforms effectively respond to these challenges by offering seamless communication and collaboration between project stakeholders. It helps project managers, contractors, owners, designers, and architects collaborate easily to manage field and office work. By centralising information and enabling effective communication between team members, these platforms simplify construction processes, saving time and effort. It also makes the process compatible across various devices, making it easy to use from the comfort of your home, office, or project site.
Transforming construction management
For a long time, construction has been one of the least digitized industries in the world, historically lagging behind other markets in the adoption of technology. As a result of the pandemic, there has been a major shift in this pattern. We have seen accelerating technological adoption by the construction sector as it has become a growing necessity. Today, more companies are making the switch to digital applications by the day, as they seek to make construction management processes more trackable, real-time and productive.
Such comprehensive platforms help in managing construction processes digitally. They bring the whole team on one workspace, giving real-time access to information to all project stakeholders. With such digital platforms, users can easily view plans, manage tasks or create RFIs right from the construction site through their phone. It also makes communication and documentation faster, trackable and accountable, with automated workflows and digitized processes. Such digital applications seamlessly integrate with existing digital tools in one’s system, making them extremely user-friendly and easy to implement.
Take back your time
In the construction sector, a considerable amount of time and resources are lost in conventional construction processes due to scattered information sources, poor and inefficient communication between stakeholders, slow paper-driven processes and digital tools that are incompatible with each other. New-age technologies and apps create a streamlined process that addresses each of these issues, by providing a single source for all project information, allowing easy and trackable communication between team members, digitized and automated workflows and seamless integration with a host of existing digital tools.
Such digital platforms also make document management simple and straightforward. By digitizing RFIs and submittal documents for approval, it reduces time-consuming paperwork to a minimum. Additionally, built-in tools help manage tasks and provide real-time project updates, enabling all actions to be time-stamped and documented, thereby, holding project stakeholders accountable for their parts.
Collaborative applications are designed with research and a sound understanding of their users, formed through visits to construction sites and conversations with stakeholders from the construction industry. One realizes the need for simpler tools when working on construction sites where most things are usually inaccessible. Therefore, such applications are designed for both — the ones sitting in the office with a vision for what their building is going to be, and the ones who have got the hard hat and work boots on and need to reference the drawings throughout the construction cycle.